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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Intro to Poetry Slam, March 15, 2008
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This review is from: Words in Your Face: A Guided Tour Through Twenty Years of the New York City Poetry Slam (Paperback)
This is a lively book of literary history--a mix of interviews, historical background, and funny sidebars / sidenotes. The mix of styles, as well as Aptowicz's awesome sense of humor, make it a fast read.

Aptowicz is one of the most important people in the NYC slam scene, and her insider perspective is very useful. She discusses all the poets in a friendly, non-judgmental way. And she doesn't shy away from observing (and recording other's observations) about why people don't like or don't care about poetry slam.

Along with Marc Smith's The Complete Idiot's Guide to Slam Poetry, Words in Your Face is a must-have for people involved in the poetry slam community and for people who want to learn more about it. Experts will learn something, and newcomers will be able to follow along.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read!, November 20, 2007
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This review is from: Words in Your Face: A Guided Tour Through Twenty Years of the New York City Poetry Slam (Paperback)
This engagingly-written volume leads the reader though two decades of the an exciting literary phenomenon---slam poetry. It explains the slam methodology, provides portraits of the some of 'pioneers' and new performers, and positions slam poetry in a broader cultural context.

This could have been a dreary academic exercise, but the author's breezy style pulls you in and moves the narrative along at a sprightly pace. Her ability to draw out her interviewees results in insightful nuggets of history about the growth of slam.

All in all, this is a must-read for anyone interested in a vibrant and growing segment of the spoken word community.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read!, January 1, 2008
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K. Eyer (Philadelphia, PA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Words in Your Face: A Guided Tour Through Twenty Years of the New York City Poetry Slam (Paperback)
This book provides a completely engaging narrative of the history of slam poetry in NYC. I was given this book by my husband -- as an infrequent reader of non-fiction with only a marginal interest in poetry slams, I did not expect to finish it quickly. The book was so engaging that I wound up finishing the last 100 or so pages in a single marathon reading session. I highly recommend it! The author does a fabulous job of blending together a truly fascinating narrative with in-person interviews with key figures in the NYC slam scene.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-read for poets, still engaging for neophytes, September 1, 2008
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Scott Woods (Columbus, Ohio United States) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Words in Your Face: A Guided Tour Through Twenty Years of the New York City Poetry Slam (Paperback)
This completely engaging and informative tome of New York poetry history cannot be exalted too highly. Pulling from a variety of sources, experiences and locations to give a comprehensive understanding of the phenomenon of poetry slams - and New York's key part in developing them - this book gives the perfect balance of lesson, gossip, epistle and documentary. With interviews and back story set down by Cristin Aptowicz - someone firmly placed in the heart of the movement - the book stands alone in its comprehensiveness and testimony to what makes Slam so powerful.

A wholly engaging read for even a cursory fan of poetry, and a must-read for any poet interested in developing their work, their scene or their career.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Recent History of NYC Poetry, June 28, 2008
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This review is from: Words in Your Face: A Guided Tour Through Twenty Years of the New York City Poetry Slam (Paperback)
This is a great book for anyone interested in poetry (and not just slam) in recent years. It deals with both the good and the bad of slam, covers some history of the beats, and interviews lots of key players from the area. The controversies, the stories, the personalities: it's all there. Whether you're interested in Saul Williams or Taylor Mali, Paul Beatty or Bob Holman, this is a great read.
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Words in Your Face: A Guided Tour Through Twenty Years of the New York City Poetry Slam
Words in Your Face: A Guided Tour Through Twenty Years of the New York City Poetry Slam by Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz (Paperback - November 20, 2007)
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